Intramural Fibroid Treatment

If you have been diagnosed with uterine fibroids and surgery has been recommended to you as the best treatment option, contact the Atlanta Fibroid Center ASAP. Over 90% of the women who are told they need surgery are candidates for uterine fibroid embolization, which is a safe and effective subserosal, submucosal, and intramural fibroid treatment.

Today we are going to talk about intramural fibroids, which are the most common type of fibroids to affect women and often the trickiest to treat with surgery. We will provide an overview of where they grow, and the symptoms they cause, and then present an option for intramural fibroid treatment without surgery.

Where Do Intramural Fibroids Develop?

Fibroids are benign tumors that can develop in different locations of the uterus. They are categorized by their location and where they are growing and include subserosal, submucosal, and intramural fibroids.

Intramural fibroids develop within the uterine muscle tissue and can be as tiny as a sesame seed or grow to be the size of a large melon. There are three classifications of intramural fibroids, which include:

  • Posterior, which grow on the back side of the uterus;
  • Anterior, which grow on the front portion of the uterus;
  • Fundal, which grow within the top portion of the uterus.

There is no single known cause of uterine fibroids, but experts do know that they are highly responsive to the exposure of excess estrogen, which can cause them to grow very large.

Intramural fibroids

How Can Intramural Fibroids Interfere In Your Life?

Not every woman who has fibroids has to deal with uncomfortable symptoms; in fact, some women have no symptoms at all and are not even aware they have fibroids. Unfortunately, not all women are as fortunate and suffer from painful side effects every month, including:

  • Prolonged periods that consist of heavy bleeding (this can often lead to a serious condition called anemia);
  • Pressure in the pelvic region;
  • Abdominal pain;
  • Back and leg pain;
  • Having to urinate frequently because a large anterior intramural fibroid is pressing on the bladder. This can be especially problematic if it disturbs her sleep;
  • Constipation;
  • A distended abdomen that makes the woman appear pregnant. (caused by anterior intramural fibroids);
  • Pain during sex;
  • Fertility issues and pregnancy complications.

Why Should You Seek Intramural Fibroid Treatment Before You Get Pregnant?

While fibroids are not normally considered dangerous, they can be if they are positioned where they can interfere in a pregnancy or prevent a much-desired conception. Both submucosal and intramural fibroids can impact a woman’s fertility by causing blockages that prevent the sperm from meeting the egg or prevent an embryo from implanting inside the uterus.

If you have these types of fibroids and you desire to become pregnant, you should seek treatment for intramural fibroids before you conceive. Because intramural fibroids grow within the muscular portion of the uterus, they can cause serious complications and even miscarriage if they grow large or if several fibroids are present. The treatment of intramural fibroid to eliminate them can help foster a successful pregnancy.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization in Atlanta, GA

How Can I Find Out What Kind Of Fibroids I Have?

The best way to learn more about your fibroids is through an MRI scan. It offers the best clarity, and the level of detail is superior to other imaging tests. An MRI can provide the location, size, and number of fibroids present and can help explain some of the symptoms you may be experiencing.

What Is The Best Intramural Fibroid Treatment Without Surgery?

Women are often told by their OB/GYN that the only options available to them to get rid of fibroids and their symptoms require surgery. They are referring to myomectomy surgery, which aims to cut out each fibroid and remove them one at a time, or a hysterectomy, which removes the entire uterus.

There are issues with both of these surgeries that many do not understand before they choose to move forward with them. A myomectomy is rarely able to get all the fibroids, so women end up needing additional surgery within 5 years. It can also compromise your uterus so much that you would be at risk for rupture if you became pregnant. A hysterectomy renders a woman sterile, and she goes into menopause immediately upon its removal.

The uterus is more important to a woman’s health than was once thought, and research has shown us that it plays a big part in a woman’s health. She is at higher risk of heart disease after a hysterectomy, as well as dementia, memory issues, stroke, and more.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) For Intramural Fibroid Treatment

UFE is a procedure that is done by an interventional radiologist and not an OB/gyn, which is one reason why many women are not offered this treatment option by their gynecologist.

It is done as an outpatient procedure and does not require the use of general anesthesia. It is not a surgery, so the risk factor is significantly lower than that of a myomectomy or hysterectomy, and it doesn’t come with the complications or side effects of surgery.

The doctor uses a special catheter tool that is run through a tiny place on your groin up into the area where the fibroids are growing. Then tiny particles are sent out of the catheter to block the small blood vessels that have been hijacked by the fibroids to steal blood from the uterine artery. They need this blood to keep them alive, and once they are cut off from it, they shrink and die.

Unlike myomectomy surgery, UFE can reach all the fibroids even if they are deeply embedded in the muscular wall, like intramural fibroids tend to be. There is no hospital stay required after this short 45-minute procedure, and patients go home the same day with only a bandaid as evidence they had anything done. UFE is 90% effective, and most women who have been told they need surgery are good candidates for the procedure.

If you have been diagnosed with fibroids, call the Atlanta Fibroid Center and let us speak with you before you sign up for surgery. There is no need to lose your uterus because of uterine fibroids when UFE Is a better treatment for intramural fibroids than surgery.

It is never a bad idea to get a second opinion when it comes to your health. Set up an appointment today to speak with one of our experts about your fibroid issues. The doctors at the Atlanta Fibroid Center have over 40 years of combined experience in treating fibroids with the UFE procedure. In fact, Dr. John Lipman was the first doctor in Georgia to perform UFE many years ago. Today, he is known as one of the world’s leading fibroid experts, and numerous patients travel to Atlanta for treatment.

The Atlanta Fibroid Center can help you learn more about your options for intramural fibroid treatment so you can make an informed decision. We look forward to helping you become free from fibroids.

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